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Dec
23
comment How can my 7yo daugher increase her attention span in school?
If it's purely an issue of boredom (meaning the coursework is help her level) then that's perfectly good advice. But if the issue is, say, ADD, then busy-work does nothing to help with attention. In fact, it can make things worse.
Dec
21
comment Should we use our (convertible) car seat when flying with our two-year old?
There's the safety issue that there's small chance of turbulence and the standard seat belt not sufficing. There's also the reality that kids HATE being stuck in an airplane seat. (well, so do we adults). Maybe we're really bad parents, but we've often opted to let the kid have a bit of freedom on the plane vs. annoying 100 other people with 3 hours of tantrums.
Dec
21
comment Should I discourage my son from “stealing” toys from Let's Rock Elmo?
No, it's just a toy. ;)
Dec
21
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
In the US, teachers have little to no direct control over curriculum in the public school system. They certainly have influence in terms of what the district may adopt, as do parents, but so does the school board, legislatures and lobbyists. Not that any of that should prevent an open dialogue as you suggest. Just go in with realistic expectations. Teachers can only tailor their teaching to individuals to a certain extent. The alternative is to hire one's own private tutors.
Dec
21
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
"A qualified teacher should know the difference between facts and opinions." = on the subject of History, that is not always a clear line. As for letting parents choose teachers, how, exactly, would that work in any practical manner? It barely works at the college level. I can't imagine a public school system having to let every parent choose specific teachers each year.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Well, there you go. It's quite easy to characterize Columbus with facts as well. So at some point, facts will lead to a particular opinion. The opinion is debatable (as is all history) but to expect a teacher to not have opinions on the topic of history is asking for the impossible. I think the first step in resolving this specific concern of the OPs is to understand that history will inevitably be FULL of opinion. The key is having their child understand how to learn (asking lots of questions) rather than trying to dictate a specific curriculum. (IMHO)
Dec
20
comment Disagreeing with a teacher
Please don't start new questions to clarify old ones. Go back and edit your old questions.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Also, please don't bother a principal about a teacher who maybe points out that due to Columbus' track record, he doesn't seem like a nice guy. Teachers and Principals have so many more serious issues to contend with every day. This is History, history is very much opinion anyways. The idea of leaning history is to gather viewpoints and data and try to make an understanding of it.
Dec
20
comment How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
I'm going to Godwin this topic! So, if a teacher says "Hitler was not a nice man" is that bad teaching? Is having and sharing that opinion a sign of poor teaching?
Dec
20
comment I don't like my child's teacher's teaching style
If you were sincere, then my apologies. There's all sorts of homework I disagree that our children should have to do (I'm actually against homework in general). That said, I understand the reality that an education system targetted at the general public will never please everyone all the time and that it's best to pick our battles. Not sure alphabetizing is a major one.
Dec
20
answered How should I handle academic disagreement with a teacher?
Dec
20
comment Can rocking an infant make her too dependent on it?
Not sure a comforting rocking is a fair equivalency to fast food grease.
Dec
19
comment My kids are asking for Angry Birds Knock On Wood for the holidays, is it safe?
But 'safe' is a relative term. I imagine this game is as safe as stacking up blocks and throwing a ball at them.
Dec
19
answered Can rocking an infant make her too dependent on it?
Dec
19
comment My kids are asking for Angry Birds Knock On Wood for the holidays, is it safe?
This is an incredibly vague question. How old are your kids? How clumsy are they? How prone are they to hurting each other? Etc.
Dec
19
comment How to prevent “open air incidents”?
You can't really stop biology. ;) Best is to make sure you have a 'shield diaper' at the ready.
Dec
19
comment When is it appropriate to start explaining the religious components of the various holidays?
Great! As for the details, I don't think there is a 'this is when to do it' answer. It's really up to you.
Dec
19
comment When is it appropriate to start explaining the religious components of the various holidays?
I argue that teaching world cultures and religions (ie, tolerance and understanding of others) should be a major part of every child's upbringing. But, at least in the US, we don't do that at all. So, I guess it really comes down to how you feel as a parent.
Dec
19
comment As an atheist, how should I explain theism to my children?
@cwallenpoole. I agree. The difference is asserting critical thinking vs, using. But yea, the argument with the opposition is moot as they don't see the distinction.
Dec
16
answered Why does my toddler want to take her clothes off?